Including Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway
Sat just outside Eastleigh Town Center, Lakeside Country Park is a little bit of heaven tucked away on a busy main road opposite Eastleigh Train Station.
It’s the perfect place to visit during the school summer holidays as it has plenty of free parking, a great circular walk that leads to a play area, and a huge pond right in the middle.
You can find Lakeside Country Park at Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PD.
If you are looking for more things to do near Lakeside Country Park then have a look at:
The Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Southampton With Kids – Really close to Eastleigh, Southampton has so much to offer the whole family. Right on the South Coast, Southampton has country parks, historic walks, and museums.
11 Fun Things to do in Eastleigh for the Whole Family – From country parks like Lakeside and Itchen Valley Country Park to museums and walks, Eastleigh has loads to offer you on a day out.
Things to do in Romsey with Kids – Romsey is steeped in local history. Make sure you visit its famous cathedral, visit the memorial park and playground plus visit the local attractions just outside the town center.
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Where to park at Lakeside Country Park?
Lakeside Country Park has a huge free car park right on-site. As you turn into the country park, keep driving until you see the Lakeside Railway Station.
What to do at Lakeside Country Park?
There are loads of outdoor activities to do at Lakeside Country Park. Set on 22 acres of land, Lakeside Country Park is a meadow and wildlife woodland that you can explore with the whole family.
Walks and The Art Trail
Completely dog-friendly, Lakeside Country Park is a great place to walk with the family. The ground is stony but it is flat. It is about 2500 meters and starts at The Lakeside Centre, takes you around the three lakes, past the playground, around The Wildlife sanctuary, and back to the railway.
Make sure you take your wellies in the winter months as it can get muddy. The trees in the summer months make Lakeside Country Park nice and shady.
The inner walk takes you past the three lakes. Dogs do need to be on leads here as the birds and other wildlife make their home here.
The Art Trail is a great way to get the kids walking. There are 9 metal panels around the park that have artwork from Nicola Henshaw, a local artist. Walk around the country park and see if you can spot them all.
The play area is great for toddlers. Right at the top of the park, the play area has some swings, a slide, and a good amount of fake grass to run around on. There are also plenty of benches to sit on and have a picnic while watching the train go past.
Eastleigh Lakeside Railway
The Railway is open during the school holidays and some weekends. Please do check the Eastleigh Council Facebook page as they do keep the times updated.
The steam train is a fun activity for all the family. It takes around 15 minutes to do the whole circuit. You do not have to book but you do need a ticket to ride the train.
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Where to eat at Lakeside Country Park?
There is a cafe in the Railway Station that offers a mix of hot food and snacks. You can also bring a picnic and sit on one of the many benches throughout the country park.
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